Tiles for the porch.

Serious bargain of the year!

Ok so while looking for an alternative to encaustic tiles Fred found some for sale on Gumtree for $20 a sqm!!!

Now I know that I said in my last post that we’d not been too happy with the encaustic tiles in the upstairs bathroom.  But anyone who knows how much encaustic tiles are per square metre knows that for $20 a sqm is a seriously good bargain.

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Today we’re grouting.

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Seating for the porch.

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We’ve  all been busy working and so not a lot has been happening around our house but Mr F (lets just call him Fred) has the  school holidays off, perks of being a teacher hey!!.

He’s been busy building us a wonderful seat and cupboards to hide the shoes!!

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Here is the porch area before.  The  old Shell boxes were holding the shoes.

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The boys gave him a hand.

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Doors for the shoe cupboards.

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And finally a couple of coats of paint!

We’ve ordered framed micro lattice that will slot nicely into the space at the top.  It’s going to be white and will just give us a little bit of extra privacy.

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A nice example of micro lattice.

The cupboards are brilliant and hide all the shoes away.  We don’t wear shoes in our house so the new seating is a perfect place to put on or take off your shoes.

The final thing to complete this area is to decide what to do with the concrete pad.  I’d really like to tile it with some black, grey and white Encaustic tiles but as we’re not very happy with the way dirt and grime sinks into them (despite sealing them TWICE) we’ll have to look for an alternative.

 

 

The bathroom zhush is just about done…

It’s been quite  few weeks since we started this project.  We’ve had a few issues along the way like the toilet, which took three weeks to arrive. (Bathroom Warehouse in Coorparoo did say it’d take  3 – 4 days for it to be sent up from Sydney) and the toilet lid finally arrived yesterday (four weeks).

We’ve only got a few little details to finish like painting the door frame and attaching a hand towel holder but I really wanted to share these photos of the bathroom.  Plus we had a budget of $2000K to do it.

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The bargain $195.00 pedestal basin from Paddington Hardware, encaustic floor tiles from Elite Bathware and Tiles, East Brisbane and bevelled vintage mirror from James and Bell Antiques on Logan Road Wooloongabba.

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The walls are painted in a Dulux colour called Western Myall

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A ‘school house’ pendant light from Victorian Living in Windsor.

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I’ve been ‘hanging out’ to use these yellow Country Road towels I brought from the Myer boxing day sales.   I also brought  two of each in deep orange and light blue.

It’s time to zhush the bathroom.

Yes we are ready to zhush the bathroom.  Below is a photo of what it looked like when the house was a rental.

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It’s kind of hard to see but there are white subway tiles in the shower, over the bath and behind the basin and toilet (not shown in photo). We’re guessing that this was done anywhere from five to ten years ago.  Overall they’re not in a bad state and we like subway tiles and plan on using them in the new bathrooms and as a splashback behind the oven in the kitchen.

The bath is scratched up and there are a few rust stains too.

The idea is … to get a few quotes to see how much it will cost to get the bath and the tiles resurfaced. Or  just rip the whole lot out and start again.  I’ve been looking at a few websites and it looks like it’s going to cost $500 to get the bath done alone and I know you can pick up a new bath from our local hardware for $100.  So we’ve got someone coming over to give us a quote on Friday… To be continued….

Last year I picked up a bargain with this basin.  It was the shop display and the style was being discontinued.  It came with the taps and a bargain at $199.00

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I’ve also ordered  some new tiles for the floor from  Elite Bathware & Tiles, East Brisbane.  They are Vietnamese and are made from cement.

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They weren’t cheap but we only needed 3.36sqm!!

We’ve been trying to find a toilet that is similar to the pedestal sink and today I found one at Bathroom Warehouse in Coorparoo, Yay!!! and $200 cheaper than the toilet I was going to order yesterday.

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I like the idea of painting the walls a dark grey too.

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Below are some images that I’ve found of bathrooms that I like.

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